The Academy Awards are just a few weeks away, and PETA’s Animals in Film and Television Division is ready to announce the winners of this year’s Oscats. The awards honor the movies and stars who promoted kindness to animals through positive actions, story lines, and the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) during the previous year.
Bradley Cooper earned PETA’s Best Director Oscat for his choice to cast his dog in the award-winning hit “A Star Is Born.” Copper brought his friend to the set, instead of using one from an animal exhibitor. Best Actor went to Winston Duke for his work as the vegetarian tribe leader M’Baku in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” a PETA favorite that won The Cat’s Meow award for its CGI panthers and rhinos.
Disney has quickly become a fan-favorite with PETA, ever since the studio decided against using large animals in their films and instead, using CG animation. The film “The Jungle Book,” earned special praise for this practice from PETA when it was released in 2016.
Meanwhile, longtime animal rights proponent Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her all-vegan wardrobe in “Vox Lux.”
“Annihilation” won Best Stunt Team for its all-vegan crew, and “Tully” was named Birds’ Pick for its educational anti–factory farming moments. The award for “Best SeaWorld Side-Eye” was a tie between “Love, Simon” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”
“PETA’s Oscats show that fur and leather are dead, SeaWorld is considered the pits, vegan eating is exploding, and CGI is the future of film,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA is thrilled to recognize the people and projects behind Hollywood’s most significant animal rights advances of the year.”
PETA also awarded Oscats to “Isle of Dogs,” which won Best Animated Film for its creatively rendered, cruelty-free imagery, and “Free Solo” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” which tied for Best Documentary for highlighting notable vegetarians. The In Memoriam award was dedicated to Stan Lee for creating characters who inspired a generation of fans to act with compassion and stand up against injustice. The winners will each receive a framed certificate, and the full list is available here.